2 Billion Kilometres to Safety

Families who have been forced to flee make extraordinary efforts to survive. In solidarity with them, at a time when there are more and more global crises forcing people from their homes, we are coming together to honor their resilience and determination to keep their families safe.

Together, we are challenging ourselves to cover two billion kilometres in 12 months, just as refugees worldwide do each year to reach the nearest point of safety. 

From South Sudan to Uganda, Myanmar to Bangladesh, Syria to Jordan; they have endured long, dangerous and difficult journeys.

“It was a very terrible journey, we had to cross jungle and climb huge hills”, says Alin who fled Myanmar and carried her two young children for ten days until they reached safety.  

Through this collective effort we will show our solidarity, build better understanding of refugees and raise money to protect refugees and help them to rebuild their lives.

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Building better understanding of refugees

There are a lot of misconceptions about refugees. Here are some facts: 

  1. Refugees are people forced to flee to another country because of war or persecution. They are recognised as “refugees” because it is too dangerous for them to return home and they are protected in international law. They are not the same as migrants.
  2. The majority of refugees stay close to home with most fleeing to neighbouring countries. Only 1% of them are ever resettled in third countries. Turkey hosts the most refugees followed by Pakistan, Uganda and Lebanon.
  3. Around the world, less than a third of people forced to flee live in refugee camps. Most refugees are actually struggling to survive in cities and towns. This is especially true for Syrian refugees.

Through this movement we aim to build better understanding. Please help by sharing.

About UNHCR

This global movement is being organised by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. We are the world’s leading organisation dedicated to supporting people forced to flee or those deprived of a nationality. We lead international action to protect them, deliver life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water, and help to safeguard fundamental human rights.

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